Before you go out and buy a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S9 you should think about waiting for the rumored Galaxy S9 Active.
Rumor has it, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be joined by another Galaxy S9 model sometime in 2018. We don’t have a specific date to share, but Samsung Galaxy S9 Active rumors are starting to pickup steam as we push into the summer months.
Samsung’s Galaxy S Active series has been around for a number of years now. And while the devices typically mirror the regular models in some ways, there are always some key differences between the regular flagships and devices with the Active brand.
Initially the Galaxy S Active series was limited to a single carrier (AT&T) in the United States. Last year, the Galaxy S8 Active spread to Sprint and T-Mobile giving those with an active lifestyle a little more choice.
We haven’t heard anything about the Samsung Galaxy S9 Active’s carriers, but we expect the device to follow in the Galaxy S8 Active’s footsteps.
With a launch reportedly getting closer, it’s a great time to think about waiting, or passing, on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Active. There are plenty of reasons to consider waiting and there are a few reasons you think about buying something else before Samsung launches its next Galaxy S9 model.
Keep these reasons in mind as you decide what to do with your money in the days ahead.
Wait If You Work or Frequent Rugged Environments
If you often take your phone into rugged environments for work or for fun, you should think about waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S9 Active.
The Galaxy S Active series is designed for those with an active lifestyle. That might be someone taking their phone to a construction site. That might be someone who enjoys taking their phone on hikes in the mountains.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Active, if and when it arrives, will instantly become one of the most durable smartphones on the market.
The Galaxy S8 Active features a dust and water resistant design with a metal frame that can absorb drops from long distances. It also includes what Samsung calls a shatterproof design. We expect more of the same from the Galaxy S9 Active.
If you need a top of the line phone that can withstand a ton of punishment, you’ll want to think about waiting for the Galaxy S9 Active.
Wait If You Want a Ton of Horsepower
There are a lot of rugged phones out there, but most won’t be able to match the firepower on board the rumored Samsung Galaxy S9 Active.
The Galaxy S9 Active probably won’t look like the Galaxy S9, but it will share some of the same hardware features.
According to the latest rumors, the Galaxy S9 Active will come with a 5.8-inch display at 2960 x 1440 resolution, a powerful Snapdragon 845 chip from Qualcomm, a solid 4GB of RAM, a 12MP rear camera, and 64GB of storage space.
Those might not pan out, but one thing is certain: The Galaxy S9 Active will come equipped with hardware that’ll provide excellent battery life, high quality gaming, and a snappy software experience.
Wait for a Bigger Battery
In addition to a great camera and a large high resolution display, the Galaxy S9 Active is rumored to have a massive battery.
Nothing is confirmed, but rumors are pointing to a huge 4,000 mAh battery inside the Galaxy S9 Active’s protective casing.
If true, it would be a solid upgrade over the regular Galaxy S9 model which features a more modest 3,000 mAh battery.
If you aren’t thrilled with the Galaxy S9’s battery life or the battery life on Galaxy S9 alternatives, think about waiting for the Galaxy S9 Active.
Wait If You Want to Keep Your Next Phone for Awhile
One of the best things about buying a new flagship is the software support you receive. In the case of Apple, you typically get four years of features, bug fixes, and security updates. In the case of Samsung, it’s typically two major Android releases and a little more than two years of software support.
So while you might be tempted to skip the Galaxy S9 and go with a cheaper alternative like the Galaxy S8 Active or Galaxy S7 Active, their software support will come to an end much faster than it will for the Galaxy S9 Active.
There’s also a good chance the Galaxy S9 Active comes with Google’s Project Treble which could translate into faster Android updates.
The Galaxy S9 Active’s hardware upgrades also ensure that it will receive the best Samsung features in updates to come. Android updates for older devices are often limited due to aging hardware.
If you plan on keeping your next phone for several years, think about waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S9 Active.
Don’t Wait If You Can’t Wait Until July or August
If you can’t wait until late June (or later) for the Samsung Galaxy S9 Active to arrive, you should start looking elsewhere for your next phone.
While Samsung could surprise us with a Galaxy S9 Active launch in mid-June, late-June, or July, a launch in August seems more likely at this point.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active arrived on June 12th, 2015 and the company unveiled the Galaxy S7 Active on June 4th. Last year, the Galaxy S8 Active launched a little bit later on August 8th.
Anything is possible, but the Galaxy S9 Active rumor mill has cooled off in June and that means a release could be several weeks away. We typically see a flurry of leaks and reports when a launch is imminent.
If you can’t wait any longer, start going hands-on with some other comparable devices.
Don’t Wait If You Don’t Want to Pay Top Dollar
If you don’t have a ton of money to spend on your next phone you’ll probably want to start looking at Galaxy S9 Active alternatives right now.
We haven’t seen any Galaxy S9 Active pricing rumors emerge, but if it stays in line with the Galaxy S8 Active’s price point, it’ll probably be more expensive than the Galaxy S9.
Last year, AT&T launched the Galaxy S8 Active for $850 (the Galaxy S8 was $750 at the time) which amounted to $28.34 in 30 monthly installments.
The unlocked Galaxy S9 started at $719.99 in the United States while the unlocked Galaxy S9+ started at $839.99. Expect Samsung to tack on a premium to the Galaxy S9 Active.
Don’t Wait If You Find Something Else You Love
Start going hands-on with Galaxy S9 Active alternatives. If you find something you love at a price you love, don’t hesitate.
There are a ton of outstanding Galaxy S9 Active alternatives out on the market right now. One is the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active.
Before you decide to hold out for the Galaxy S9 Active, make sure you take a long hard look at the current model.
Then you have other rugged devices like the LG X venture, a solid middle of the road device that’s available on AT&T’s network.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is several months old, but it’s still one of the top smartphones you can buy. And it recently got a little better thanks to Android Oreo.
You’ve also got other top Android devices like Google’s Pixel 2 XL. It’s one of the best phones from 2017 and it’s definitely worth a look.
And if you aren’t married to buying a Galaxy phone, you should also take a look at Apple’s iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.
Don’t Wait If You Want Those Curves
There will likely be another key difference between the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Active. That difference? The display.
Like the Galaxy S8 Active, we expect the Galaxy S9 Active to employ a flat screen and metal frame for maximum protection.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, come with curved displays. The curved edges aren’t just there for looks, they have some unique functions that might appeal to you.
For more on the Galaxy S9’s display, take a look at our list of tips and tricks. It’ll help you get a feel for the edge panel.
If you like what you see, go hands-on with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Who knows, maybe you’ll walk out with one.